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Should smilies be turned into images in questions and answers?

It just struck me that we need emoticons. So often I find myself typing ;) and then wondering how to format it so it looks right. In the edit box, it looks fine, and I guess the backstrophe has been perfected so it looks right. But still the basic emoticons would be nice. And can't we have something creative, StackOverflow-ish, instead of the standard ones that we see in forums? I really like the ones Skype uses. A few that we should have are :), ;),:/, :(, :O, plus a few others I probably missed.

Oh, and no emoticons in code blocks.

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    No please, they remember me the fishy free smileycons programs that I usually find on my relatives pc (when I have to fix them) Feb 4, 2011 at 16:10
  • No, you're not the first. Feb 4, 2011 at 16:14
  • Last stop before animated avatars. ☹
    – Arjan
    Feb 4, 2011 at 16:14
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    You're not the first, and you won't be the last, but you'll get the same response: NO! Feb 4, 2011 at 16:15
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    <insert rchern-backwards-smiley joke here> Feb 4, 2011 at 16:15
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    This is what I think about this question: ఠ_ఠ
    – user1228
    Feb 4, 2011 at 16:26

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The world is a better place when not riddled with misshapen circles meant to represent emotion. If you really really really need them just use the ASCII alternatives that you listed.

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    That "No" is not really large enough. No, really... there is no font large enough. Feb 4, 2011 at 23:29

I suggest that we format :) as:

And we can use the same algorithm for many others, including but not limited to the ones you've listed. The possibilities are endless!

  • This applies to questions and answers only, of course. Comments are exempt.
    – mmyers
    Feb 4, 2011 at 16:14
  • I don't understand. What are we formatting as what?
    – tshepang
    Feb 4, 2011 at 16:22
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    @Tshepang: Naturally!
    – mmyers
    Feb 4, 2011 at 16:32
  • @tshepang: whoosh (sorry, but it's true)
    – jcolebrand
    Feb 4, 2011 at 16:55
  • Is this a humor post?
    – tshepang
    Feb 4, 2011 at 17:03
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    @Tshepang: Yes. You can tell because it has an emoticon in it.
    – mmyers
    Feb 4, 2011 at 17:06
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    I must consume my humor-detection vitamins more consistently.
    – tshepang
    Feb 4, 2011 at 17:09

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